Jill Schary Robinson is a Los Angeles-based novelist, essayist, illustrator, and teacher, whose memoirs contend with the themes of addiction, recovery, and growing up during the golden age of Hollywood.
Jill Schary Robinson is author of several renowned memoirs, including With a Cast of Thousands, Bed/Time/Story, and Past Forgetting. She is the daughter of Dore Schary, the Oscar and Tony Award winning writer, producer, and head of MGM.
As a copywriter for the advertising agency FCB, Robinson trained with Helen Gurley Brown.
Robinson also wrote on women’s issues for Cosmopolitan and covered political trials for the Soho Weekly News. Her first memoir, With a Cast of Thousands is about her experiences growing up among celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor and Adlai Stevenson.She also interviewed political and film personalities on KPFK and KLAC.
Robinson’s memoir about drug addiction Bed/Time/Story, was turned into a TV–Movie called "A Cry For Love". She reviewed books and wrote articles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, Washington Post, and American and French Vogue.
During the 1980s, Robinson relocated to London and wrote a series of columns on being an American in Britain for London’s Daily Telegraph. Her Vanity Fair story on Roman Polanski was included in George Plimpton’s book The Best American Movie Writing for 1998.
In 1999 Author Jonathan Lethem described 1999's Past Forgetting as a "quietly moving memoir recounting that great rarity, a truly encompassing and persistent loss of memory."  Robinson and her husband Stuart Shaw also performed on cruise ships, reading their play Falling in Love When You Thought You Were Through (adapted from their memoir, published in 2002).
In 2005, Robinson was given a lifetime grant to develop the non-profit Wimpole Street Writers program, which continues both in London and Los Angeles.
In 2009, she was instrumental in saving the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home.